Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Excellent article: Eating for a Healthy Liver

Eating for a Healthy Liver
by Siri-Ved Kaur Khalsa

Are you looking for a way to give yourself a "Liver Tune-Up"? There are
different ways you can approach this, depending on what best suits you,
your current health situation, and lifestyle. This could be anything from
making simple changes in your current eating habits to going on an
extended diet of specific foods.

DO’S & DON’TS: First off, I’ll give you a list of "helper" foods and a
list of "avoid" foods. What you want to do is gradually increase the
amounts of the helper foods and decrease the others. This is the easiest
way to get started.

HELPERS: beets, radishes of all kinds, carrots, lemon juice, watermelon
with black pepper, onions, melons (always eat melons alone), olives, raw
vegetables, papaya, bananas, grapefruit, yogurt, Yogi Tea, black salt,
black pepper, turmeric, and cardamom.

AVOID: all fried foods, cooked oil, caffeine and other stimulants, fried
grains, all processed foods, cheese, meat, eggs, animal fat, alcohol, any
food that is heavy or difficult to digest (taking more than 20 hours to

LIVER TONICS: Another easy addition to your program is to start your day,
the very first thing in the morning, with 8 ounces of cold, plain Yogi
Tea. Take the Yogi Tea before you drink or eat anything else, sipping it
slowly and mixing it with saliva well before swallowing. This is a
well-known yogic liver tonic. In the alternative, you could sip
unsweetened lemon juice and water (the juice of one lemon with 12 ounces
of water). I would recommend sipping the lemon water through a straw to
best maintain tooth enamel.


AND DON’T FORGET FRESH JUICES: Carrot, beet and radish juice are also
excellent for liver detox. Start with a combination of 6 oz. carrot, 1-2
oz. beet and 1-2 oz. radish (any type radish will do, daikon is a good
choice) juice. The beet and radish juices are very potent and you should
only very gradually increase their proportion. The radish juice,
especially, is best taken immediately after juicing. (It’s flavor quickly
deteriorates.) Always mix juices very well with saliva. They are a very
concentrated food and need that saliva to digest the best and to give you
their full effect. Chew your liquids and drink your solids is an old
saying. Simply put: chew chew chew.



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